8/26/09 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 26th, 2009

Hiroshima Carp logoTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 11

Streak: Lost 1     Last : WLLWL

(Mazda Stadium)

After a brief respite yesterday with a solid Tateyama start and timely hitting earning a comfortable enough win for the Swallows, normal August service was resumed this evening as Tokyo stunk up Hiroshima’s shiny new stadium.

Ryo Kawashima, obviously noticing how bad things have been going lately, thought he’d pitch-in with his first start this month. And frankly he was bad. Really bad. Ryo worked 4 innings, giving up 9 runs off 9 hits with 4 walks and 2 Ks.

Not good enough

Today’s lineup saw the same group of players as yesterday on the field with the exception of at first base, as Takeuchi replaced Hatakeyama in the no.4 slot.

In truth the game was over almost from the off, as Hiroshima added three runs in each of the first two innings, with outfielder Andy Phillips bringing home four of the runs (his two run shot in the 1st inning got the ball rolling), 6-0 Hiroshima.

Three more followed off just one hit in the 4th, Kurihara following up two walks with a blast to left which made it 9-0.

That was it for Ryo Kawashima as he would end up taking the loss for his evening’s “work” to put his record at 5-6/4.81, his ERA up from 3.91 after this horror show. Lots of balls left up in the zone combined with a ton in the dirt do not a good start make.

Matsui (4.50) relieved Ryo to pitch the 5th and 6th innings, giving up two runs off two hits and a walk in the second of those innings. The run-scoring play was notable for Aoki making a complete hash of an attempt to make a sliding catch of Hirose’s flyball (ie completely missing it and letting the ball roll on to the warning track), which with men on the corners and two outs, allowed the bases to be cleared as Hirose made it to third, 11-0 Hiroshima.

Takagi (0.00) then made his second appearance of the year, pitching the 7th and 8th innings to the tune of no runs off two hits.

So, with Ryo doing his best impression of a bad high-school pitcher, Hiroshima starter Kenta Maeda showed him how it should be done, pitching what was very nearly a complete game shutout. He gave up seven hits over the distance, striking about six and walking a couple, with Tokyo’s only run coming via an Aaron Guiel solo homer (no.18 for the year) with one out in the 9th.


Tokyo couldn’t generate any momentum off him, and didn’t manage to get two men on base in an inning until the 6th as Maeda gave up just four hits throughout the first 8 innings. And when they did get men on, as when Ryo Kawashima singled with one out in the 3rd, Takada’s idiot gene often kicked in, with Keizo being asked to bunt the pitcher to second for out number two before Fukuchi flew-out to end the inning. And this was while down 6-0. The remaining three hits including Guiel’s homer came in the 9th as the Hiroshima starter tired. 11-1 Final.

The only “bright” spots with the bat were Tanaka (.285) who went 2 for 4, and backup catcher Yoneno who went 2 for 2 as he subbed for Aikawa late in the game.

Tokyo will try again to earn their first series win of the month tomorrow night in their final game of the Carp series before travelling back to Jingu for a daunting series against the Dragons.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • That one out bunt in the third inning is definitely grounds for raising the Takada Count.

    Does anyone second the motion?

    • Do it.

      He was lucky to escape an addition after putting a clearly out of sorts Lim in the game with a 4 run lead on Tuesday. So……..


      • We need a new term for the kind of sac bunt Takada does. When the player being asked to bunt is a decent hitter, when getting that mythical “one run” wouldn’t help much anyway, when the Swallows are up, when there’s an out, or when the sac bunt just brings up the pitcher or a hitter who’s not as good as the bunter, I shall now call it a “Takada bunt.”

  • zunlin

    Of course! 0-6 , 1 out and u ask your lead-off man for a bunt? a complete non-sense.

    Looking at the pitchers i would insist on Ryo(he cna sometimes have a win) instead of a Ichiba or Muranaka (a loss of sure).

  • Rob

    Where was Lim? Why didn’t they use him? Is he hurt or something? (Just kidding!)

    This stank. Ryo stank it up first and foremost, but the “offense” must have missed the bus to Zoom Zoom. A few runs early on might have changed the momentum somewhere and kept it within reach.
    At least we only used three pitchers….